The Year is 3635BBY.
The Emperor Vitiate has long since abdicated and disappeared. The Empire is an oligarchy.
The Republic has impeached Grand Chancellor Saresh and is leaderless.
The razing of Korriban was the execution of an idea that the Sith are infallible and their reliance on history can only hold them back.
The Blockade of Dromund Kaas by the Eternal Empire of Zakuul was a crushing blow to the solidarity of the Dark Council.
There was only one solution when Darth Vowrawn signed the Treaty of Surrender: There is no Empire without an Emperor.
Or Empress, rather.
Darth Acina, head of the Pyramid of Technology and Dark Lord of the Dark Council, heir of Darth Kharrid, apprentice of Darth Malgus, heir of Darth Hadra, whom fell at the Battle of Corellia, heir of Darth Mekhis, war hero in the Emergence Wars, was the only Dark Lord to still maintain a power base strong enough, enacted the initiative to ascend to the Throne. She was successful.
All hail the Sith Empress, long may she reign.
Any power the Dark Council had maintained from the abdication is superficial at best. The disappearance of Darth Marr and many other Councillors has only cemented the Empress' position of authority. Any Sith who abandon the Empire in this time at need are not worthy of positions of leadership.
It is a time of consolidation. For five years while the Empire subsisted as a feudal state to the Eternal Empire of Zakuul. We watched our enemy be humbled by the Eternal Fleet from Wild Space. Now we have an Empress to lead us; an Empress with a vision; an Empress to act as a guiding beacon of what is Sith.
An Empress needs a Hand.
Vitiate's Hand was a cult of death that worshipped him and maintained the Imperial Guard, free from the burdens of politics and Imperial bureaucracy. It acted in his name and commanded out the grand conspiracies to defend the Throne against the machinations and power plays of the Dark Council and their apprentices. Our Empress is worthy of such an organization; one to protect her and become her Will made manifest. The Sons of Korriban, loyal to Empress Acina since her rise to the title of Dark Lord, is in the perfect position to become the new Hand of the Emperor.
Technology will lead the way for the Empire to become liberated from Zakuul. The Sith cannot stand being a feudal state of the Eternal Empire. It is War made Manifest. The Empire does not rest. It does not tolerate peace. Peace is a lie. Prepare for war.